Monday, January 3, 2011

Triana's Music Trivia (01.02.11)

Happy New Year! As has been my tradition for the past four years, I kicked off 2011 by doing a show in Second Life. No, not on New year's eve; we musicians rarely get to enjoy ringing in the new year with our friends and loved ones since we're often busy on a stage somewhere. I made a conscious decision early on to not seek out any New Years shows this year, preferring to spend the time with Kat and some local pals from our little neighborhood. However, when our good friend Triana asked if I wanted to do a show at her Triana's Music Trivia event on Sunday January 2, I was happy to agree.

Why? Because we love Triana, and her trivia game is one of the most fun things we do in SL. As I've written before, we started going to TMT in 2006 and have only rarely missed a week since. The people are great, the game is fun, and it's a fantastic way to wrap up a weekend before starting the grind of a new week.

So, at the first TMT of 2011, I decided the theme for my show would be "new". Therefore, every single song I performed were those I'd never played in SL before... and with most of them, I'd never played them at all in public, in any setting! That made for a very fun show, not only for me but for my group of Zaksters who have seen me play dozens of times and probably welcomed the change. In a not-so-rare moment of insanity, I made the decision to perform Steely Dan's "Deacon Blues" in the voice of Elmer Fudd. Don't ask me why; I don't understand myself any better than anyone else. In any case, you need to hear me "wearn to wowk da saxophone"; it's here if you want it.

TMT "New Show" Set List
*Blue Jean (David Bowie)
*Hunger Strike (Temple of the Dog)
*Tangerine (Led Zeppelin)
*Wrong Way (Sublime)
*Change (Tears for Fears)
*Pulling Mussels from a Shell (Squeeze)
*Take Me With U (Prince)
*Hurting Each Other (The Carpenters)
*Love Ain't for Keeping (The Who)
*Deacon Bwues (Steely Dan)
*Pink Moon (Nick Drake)

*Indicates the first time I've performed this song in SL

Obviously, apart from my very first show in SL, this was the first time where every single song was a debut, and I think it turned out terrific. I can't guarantee that I'll be continuing to do all of these songs on a regular basis (particularly Elmer Fudd's "Deacon Bwues", which is probably a one-time-only event), but some of them were very good, and I'll be glad to have another batch of tunes to pull out when the mood strikes me.

Special thanks to our special friends at TMT, including the following folks who helped support my "all new" show!
Alchemy Epstein, Nakira Tennen, Alexis Fairlady, Stoney Nider, Xerxes Ninetails, Diana Renoir, Charm March, MrNoCal Honey, nathalie Ember, my darling Kat Claxton, and our wonderful friend and hostess, Triana Caldera!

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